- the first appearance of daylight in the morning: Dawn broke over the valley.
- the beginning or rise of anything; advent: the dawn of civilization.
- to begin to grow light in the morning: The day dawned with a cloudless sky.
- to begin to open or develop.
- to begin to be perceived (usually followed by on): The idea dawned on him.
Origin of dawn
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Examples from the Web for dawned
It then dawned on Sanger, he claimed, that a wiki could be used to help solve the problems he was having with Nupedia.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Then it dawned on him—he could surveil himself for the authorities.Art in the Age of National Security
Terry Greene Sterling
September 26, 2014
It dawned on Davis (not her real name) that her boyfriend may be cheating.Dissed By Her Doctor for Wanting HIV Protection
September 6, 2014
As dawned crept over the eastern hills, Taita Morales and the other shamans called us inside.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
Then it dawned on people that paying for it would involve a hefty middle-class tax increase, on higher-end insurance plans.The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care
July 25, 2014
It dawned on me, too, that God need not necessarily be to me what He is to others, nor to others what He is to me.The Conquest of Fear
He felt thankful when the morning dawned, and it was time to rise.Life in London
It dawned upon him that this was, indeed, not a common crook.Within the Law
And suddenly it dawned upon him that all this was an elaborate joke.The Secret Agent
It was our Daisy, robed like a princess, who dawned upon our vision.In the Valley
- daybreak; sunriseRelated adjective: auroral
- the sky when light first appears in the morning
- the beginning of something
- to begin to grow light after the night
- to begin to develop, appear, or expand
- (usually foll by on or upon) to begin to become apparent (to)
Word Origin and History for dawned
1590s, from dawn (v.).
c.1200, dauen, "to dawn, grow light," shortened or back-formed from dauinge, dauing "period between darkness and sunrise," (c.1200), from Old English dagung, from dagian "to become day," from root of dæg "day" (see day). Probably influenced by a Scandinavian word (cf. Danish dagning, Old Norse dagan "a dawning;" cf. also German tagen "to dawn"). Related: Dawned; dawning.